THOMSON MULTIMEDIA EXPANDS BROADBAND VIDEO ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS
FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
Thomson Announces Alliance with Intertainer To Offer Content
and Media Delivery System
Paris, January 16, 2002 - Thomson multimedia (Paris
Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), a leading provider of home entertainment
products and services, announced today an alliance with Intertainer,
Inc., a leading video-on demand service, complementing Thomson's
broadband solutions targeted toward service providers.
Over the past two months, Thomson has demonstrated the capability
of delivering high quality video and entertainment services over
an open standards broadband network. On December 17, jointly with
Alcatel, Thomson demonstrated broadband video entertainment content
being delivered over an enhanced MPEG-2 format though a simple DSL
With the Intertainer service, Thomson adds a complementary offering
to its broadband solution with the ability to deliver high quality
content at lower bit rates utilizing the Windows Media format, enabling
access to millions of DSL and cable users world-wide.
"Today's announcement marks another significant step toward
Thomson's end-to-end broadband solution by incorporating Intertainer's
content and media delivery system," said Thomson's Enrique
Rodriguez, Executive Vice President, Broadband Access Products (BAP)
Worldwide. "The Intertainer/Thomson alliance allows Thomson
the ability to offer broadband service providers new business opportunities
in digital entertainment over multiple delivery formats."
The Intertainer library features more than 70,000 hours of content,
including films from major Hollywood studios and a variety of television
and music programming from more than 70 premium content providers.
Intertainer content partners include Universal Pictures, Warner
Bros., Dreamworks SKG, Artisan Entertainment, NBC, A&E Television
Networks, Discovery Channel, EMI Music, ESPN, PBS, Warner Music
Group and numerous others.
The broadband portfolio agreement with Intertainer completes Thomson's
initiative for end-to-end solutions to deliver entertainment content
to the home. Other elements include:
- In conjunction with Intertainer's patented Digital Entertainment
Service Platform, Thomson plans to leverage the capabilities of
its Digital Media Solutions division and Technicolor, a Thomson
business and leader in the digital media chain. Technicolor is
ideally positioned as a preferred supplier of digital asset management
and digital content preparation services.
- Thomson's venture with Alcatel, Nextream, would serve as preferred
supplier of multimedia video head-ends, encoders and integration
- Thomson Broadband Access Products group will support the initiative
in the development of a set-top gateway product that accepts entertainment
services and Internet-delivered programming and displays that
content on TV monitors. The set-top will deliver Intertainer and
MSN content along with advanced video, audio and data services,
all utilizing Microsoft's latest generation of Windows Media audio,
video, and digital rights management technologies. . Thomson will
serve initially as exclusive supplier of the new set-top product.
The Thomson set-top device will give consumers instant access to
Intertainer's library featuring thousands of Hollywood films, TV
shows and music videos. The set-top product will be capable of providing
digital quality picture performance, e-mail, Internet access and
other entertainment services.
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This press release contains forward-looking
statements regarding prospects for the future that involve a number
of risks and uncertainties. Among the factors that could cause actual
income to differ materially from those expected are the following:
business conditions and general economic conditions; competitive
factors such as pricing and marketing efforts of rival companies;
timing of product introductions; ability of contract manufacturers
to meet product price objectives and delivery schedules; legislative,
regulatory, and industry initiatives that may affect planned or
actual product features and marketing methods; and the pace and
success of product research and development. For more information
on the potential factors that could affect the company's financial
income, please review the relevant SEC filings.
About Thomson multimedia
With sales of 9.1 billion Euros (U.S. $ 8.3 billion) in 2000 and
73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris
Euroclear: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range of video (and
enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services
to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries.
To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia
has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays
and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing, and New
Media Services. The company distributes its products under the THOMSON,
RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names.
For more information: www.thomson-multimedia.com.
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Using its flexible, interoperable Digital Entertainment Service
Platform, Intertainer (www.intertainer.tv)
delivers the largest selection of movies, music videos, television
and shopping on-demand instantly to your PC or TV. The service is
delivered over digital cable and broadband systems and features
content from unprecedented partner relationships including Universal
Pictures, Warner Bros., DreamWorks SKG, A&E Networks, NBC, Discovery,
ESPN, Pearson Television, Warner Music, EMI Music and many others.
Enhanced TV functionality, interactive advertising, e-commerce opportunities
and personalization features round out the Digital Entertainment
Service Platform offering and the Intertainer experience. Strategic
partners include Comcast, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Qwest and Sony.
Contact: Louise Rasho, 310-895-2112, firstname.lastname@example.org